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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Call for Presentations

4th Global Conference
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Saturday 22nd March – Tuesday 25th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

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This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding individual and collective trauma in terms of practice, theory and lived reality. Trauma studies has emerged from its foundation in psychoanalysis to be a dominant methodology for understanding contemporary events and our reactions to them. Critics have argued that we live in a ‘culture of trauma.’ Repeated images of suffering and death form our collective and/or cultural unconscious. The third global conference seeks papers on a variety of issues related to trauma including: the function of memory, memorial, and testimony; collective and cultural perspectives; the impact of time; and the management of personal and political traumas.
Trauma has a thematic identity that exists on the interdisciplinary fringes of other subject areas, either peripherally nudging, or fully penetrating existing research, shifting cultures and influencing global politics. Thus, while we continue to welcome research papers of core theoretical and clinical interest, we would also warmly encourage those papers that address: critical questions of practice; practical projects; first-hand survivor/bystander reports of individual and collective experiences; and, those that interrogate, critique, represent, or create works that deal with fictional and actual traumatic events.
We would also like to encourage presentations that take the following forms: auto-ethnographical and experiential accounts, case studies, papers, performance pieces, reports, works of art, works-in-progress, and workshops.
Finally, submissions which engage with the aftermath of trauma as a space of potential opportunity for change, emotional growth, identity shifts, or developing spirituality are particularly welcome across any of the following themes.
1. Public and Political Trauma
~ War and trauma, both past and present
~ Captivity and torture
~ Public disasters and trauma including environmental catastrophes
~ Disease, public health and trauma
~ Political trauma, silencing dissent/voicing dissent
~ Social trauma
~ Traumatic displacement and cultural uprooting
~ Inherited intergenerational trauma
2. Personal and Individual Trauma
~ Bereavement: parent; sibling; partner loss
~ Abandonment
~ Betrayal
~ Peer pressure and bullying
~ Murder and assault
~ Domestic violence
~ Child abuse and childhood trauma
~ Survivor guilt
~ Disability
~ Witnessing trauma and secondary trauma
~ Coping strategies – stress management and reduction
3. Diagnosing and Treating Trauma
~ Medical, therapeutic, and holistic approaches to trauma management
~ Non-medical therapies/approaches – the uses of drama, dance, narrative, bibliotherapy and scriptotherapy, music, art, and digital technologies
~ Vicarious traumatisation, secondary stress, and compassion fatigue
~ From person to survivor – perspectives of change
4. Theorising Trauma
~ Trauma and post colonialism
~ Memory
~ National identity
~ Trauma studies
~ Individual versus collective trauma
~ Socio-cultural perspectives on traumatic experience
~ Gender
~ The body from the inside and out
~ Psychic trauma
5. Representing Trauma
~ Affect, trauma, and art
~ Trauma on stage, screen, and in cyberspace
~ Traumatic expression
~ Media images: reality and fiction
~ Literature and poetry
~ Eyewitness testimony
~ Gaming and violence
~ New technologies
~ Reporting on trauma
~ Aesthetics and experience
~ Fear and horror
~ Otherness, spirituality, and trauma
What to Send
The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. 300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th October 2013. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word  or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: Trauma 4 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Organising Chairs

The Fourth Annual Asian Conference on

 Media and Mass Communication- 2013

The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Fourth Annual Asian Conference on Media and Mass Communication 2013, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 8-10 November 2013.

The MediAsia event is a remarkable cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion, which encourage academics and scholars to meet and exchange ideas and views in a forum encouraging lively but respectful dialogue. This international conference will bring together a number of university scholars working throughout Japan, Asia, and beyond to share ideas. 

MediAsia 2013 will afford the opportunity for renewing old acquaintances, making new contacts, and networking across higher education. Academics working in Japan and Asia will be encouraged to forge working relationships with each other, as well as with colleagues from Europe and the US, facilitating partnerships across borders. We hope to see you (again) in Osaka in the fall.


Professor Gary E. Swanson
Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair in Journalism
The University of Northern Colorado, USA
Conference Chair

Professor Tamara Swenson
Osaka Jogakuin University
Local Conference Chair




SUBMISSIONS SYSTEM OPEN
CALL FOR PAPERS DEADLINE: Extended to September 15 2013




Conference Themes
Theme 1: Social Media and Responsibility; Globalization and Internationalization

Theme 2: 
Connectedness, Identity and Alienation

The Conference themes are designed to inspire invitations of submissions that approach these topics from a variety of perspectives and approaches. However, the submission of other topics for consideration is welcome and we also encourage sessions within and across a variety of disciplines and fields related to Media and Mass Communication.

For more information about the conference themes and submission details, please click here.



Keynote Speaker

Bradley J. Hamm

Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University, USA

Dr Bradley Hamm is Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, at Northwestern University, USA


For more information about Dr Hamm and other featured speakers, please click here.

Publishing Opportunities: Authors of accepted abstracts will have the opportunity of publishing their associated paper in the official conference proceedings, and a selection of papers will be considered for inclusion in the internationally reviewed IAFOR Journal of MediaCommunication and Filmedited by Dr James Rowlins of Singapore University of Design and Technology. For more information about IAFOR journals and other publications, click here.
Conference Archive: Tsee photos from past events, as well as access the archive of the programme and proceedings, please click here for 2012, here for 2011 and here for 2010.


MediAsia2013 will be held alongside the Second Asian Conference on Film and Documentary, or FilmAsia 2013. Registrants to either event will have the option of attending parallel sessions in the other for no extra charge.

Click on the banner below to view the FilmAsia 2013 website:


For more information about IAFOR and for a feel of our events, please click on the events brochure below:



                                         
       



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MediAsia 2013 is supported by IAFOR Global Partners:

 

For a full list of our Global Partners, please click here


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Call for Presentations

15th Global Conference
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Saturday 22nd March – Monday 24th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

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This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to examine and explore issues surrounding evil and human wickedness. In wrestling with evil(s) we are confronted with a multi-layered phenomenon which invites people from all disciplines, professions and vocations to come together in dialogue and wrestle with questions that cross the boundaries of the intellectual, the emotional and the personal. Underlying these efforts there is the sense that in grappling with evil we are in fact grappling with questions and issues of our own humanity.
The complex nature of evil is reflected in this call for presentations: in recognising that no one approach or perspective can adequately do justice to what we mean by evil, so there is an equal recognition that no one form of presentation ought to take priority over others. We solicit contributions which may be
~ papers, panels, workshops, reports
~ case studies
~ performance pieces; dramatic readings; poetic renditions; short stories; creative writings
~ works of art; works of music
We will also consider other forms of contribution. Successful proposals will normally be given a 20 minute presentation space. Perspectives are sought from all academic disciplines along with, for example, those working in the caring professions, journalism, the media, the military, prison services, politics, psychiatry and other work-related, ngo and vocational areas.
Key themes for reflection may include, but are not limited to:
  • what is evil?
  • is there ‘new’ evil, or are evil acts/events pretty much the same across time with only our interpretive lenses changing as cultures shift?
  • the nature and sources of evil and human wickedness
  • evil animals? Wicked creatures?
  • the places and spaces of evil
  • crimes, criminals and justice
  • psychopathic behaviour – mad or bad?
  • villains, wicked characters and heroes
  • vice and virtue
  • choice, responsibility, and diminished responsibility
  • social and cultural reactions to evil and human wickedness
  • political evils; evil, power and the state
  • evil and gender; evil and the feminine
  • evil children
  • hell, hells, damnation: evil and the afterlife
  • the portrayal of evil and human wickedness in the media and popular culture
  • suffering in literature and film
  • individual acts of evil, group violence, holocaust and genocide; obligations of bystanders
  • terrorism, war, ethnic cleansing
  • fear, terror, horror
  • the search for meaning and sense in evil and human wickedness
  • the nature and tasks of theodicy
  • religious understandings of evil and human wickedness
  • postmodern approaches to evil and human wickedness
  • ecocriticism, evil and suffering
  • evil and the use/abuse of technology; evil in cyberspace
The Steering Group also welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 10th October 2013. All submissions are at least double blind peer reviewed. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words
E-mails should be entitled: Evil15 Abstract Submission.
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Organising Chairs
The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.

Fantasy and Film in the Long 1980s – Call For Papers

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Manchester, United Kingdom
Friday 25th – Saturday 26th April 2014
From sci-fi epic to swords and sorcery, from urban ghosts to time travel, fantasy dominated the cinema of the 1980s. Hand-in-hand with these wild flights of imagination came the rise of new technologies of spectatorship (particularly VHS and the home VCR) and dramatic political change in both the West and the East. This two-day conference aims to interrogate the place of fantasy in the history of the 1980s – its construction, context and legacy.
Abstracts are sought for 20-minute papers that consider any aspect of fantasy and film in the long 1980s (roughly understood as 1977-1992, though films that fall outside these dates may be considered). Topics may include, but are not limited to:
- Cinematography and special effects
- Soundtracks and music
- Gender and sexuality in fantasy
- The family in film
- Fantasy film in political and social contexts
- The end of the Cold War – fantasy in the run-up to 1989
- The video generation – technologies of viewing
- Spin-offs, tie-ins and novelizations
- Visions of the future
- Representations of technology
- Fantasy’s legacy – what came next?
Papers may consider individual films, or take a broader view of film and genre. Papers on non-Hollywood or non-Anglophone films are particularly welcome.
Please send abstracts (200-300 words) to Rob Shedwick at conference@hic-dragones.co.uk by Tuesday 24th December 2013. Any enquiries should be sent to the same address.


Call for Presentations

7th Global Conference
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Tuesday 18th March – Thursday 20th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

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Interculturalism stands at the interface between the individual, local groups, societies and cultures. These compete, conflict, co-exist and trigger reactions and responses on a number of levels including the social, the economic, the political and the personal. These are reinforced through language, the media, cultural events, social institutions and migration policies. Amidst all these dynamic and static forms of interaction, identities are built and consolidated.
The previous meeting of this project recognised that identity is not something which is fixed and predetermined but rather is continuously created and recreated from the day-to-day flow of living in communities. With mobility not simply a commonplace factor in society but continuing to rapidly expand, people are faced with challenges to and changes in their own identity as a result of encounters with new cultures, new ways of living and new ways of thinking. People find themselves forging and reforging their identities through integration, assimilation, disintegration, reintegration…and so the pattern continues.
The 2014 conference will build on the work of previous meetings in this series and examine the meaning and parameters of Interculturalism, how it is studied and what it means. How can we talk meaningfully of interculturalism? What role does hybridity play in understanding the way cultures morph, adapt and become suited to their context?
The focus of the 2014 Interculturalism conference will be on Identity and Interculturalism:
  • What are the frameworks used for studying interculturalism? How did these frameworks evolve?
  • Have the politics of identity been substituted for discourse on democracy since the ‘Arab Spring’ (as they were after the fall of the Soviet Union)?
  • How does understanding of cultural signifiers assist in studying intercultrualism?
  • Recent criticism of literature has emphasized the problematics of identity and meaning associated with globalisation; how so and why?
  • What are the implications of processes adopted to consider the centre-periphery?
  • How do the immersion, absorption and the intersection of cultures promote a better understanding of individual and group identities?
  • Is “Transculturalism” possible in disputes over resource use?
  • How can “Transculturalism” be taught more effectively to professional field workers, such asas nurses, teachers, aid workers, psychologists etc?
  • What can one learn from and about significance of Cross Cultural Psychology and Interculturalism, as well as Autism and Interculturalism and cultural manifestations of identity, Citizenship and Diaspora?
  • Are patterns of cognition governed by acculturalisation?
  • Is intercultural experience therapeutic or problematic in respect of mental health.
Presentations will also be considered which deal with related themes.
What to Send
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 11th October 2013. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract
E-mails should be titled: Interculturalism 7 Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Joint Organising Chairs:
Efrat Tzadik: ten.yranilpicsid-retni@tarfeRam Vemuri and Rob Fisher:ten.yranilpicsid-retni@7ci
The conference is part of the ‘Diversity and Recognition’ research projects, which in turn belong to the ‘At the Interface’ programmes of Inter-Disciplinary.Net. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore discussions which are innovative and challenging


ICMFS 2013

 International  Conference on Media

 and Film Studies 

10th August, 2013 News!The third round submission deadline: September 10, 2013. (Click)
7th August, 2013 News! The conference venue is available (Click)
30th July, 2013 News! The first round notifications have been sent.
10th July, 2013 News! The second submission deadline: August 10, 2013. (Click)
28th June, 2013 News! Professor Donald Chang would be invited be the keynote speaker. (Click)
17th June, 2013 News! Dr. Hing Kai would be invited be the keynote speaker. (Click)
9th May, 2013 News! The conference venue is avaliable now. (Click)
Paper Submission Deadline: July 10, 2013.
ICMFS2013 has been listed in the IEDRC Conference Search. (Click)
Welcome to the official website of the ICMFS 2013 International Conference on Media and Film Studies - ICMFS 2013, will be held during November 18-19, 2013, in London, UK. ICMFS 2013, aims to bring together researchers, scientists, engineers, and scholar students to exchange and share their experiences, new ideas, and research results about all aspects of Media and Film Studies, and discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.
The conference will be held every year to make it an ideal platform for people to share views and experiences in Media and Film Studies and related areas.
All papers for the ICMFS 2013 will be published in the IPEDR (ISSN: 2010-4626) as one volume, and will be included in the Engineering & Technology Digital Library, and indexed by Electronic Journals Digital Library, EBSCO, WorldCat, Google Scholar, Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, Cross Ref and sent to be reviewed by ISI Proceedings.
One Best Paper will be selected from each oral session. The Certificate will be awarded in the Welcome Banquet on November 19, 2013.
English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (PDF only) format through the easy chair conferences management system website or via emailicmfs@iedrc.net.
Disclaimer: The content of the website is subject to change. The information on hyper linked or referred to web sites is neither investigated nor analyzed by the conference organizers. No warranty or representation, express or implied, is given as to the accuracy or completeness of that information. In no event will the conference organizers accept any liability with regard to the information contained in this web site or any other hyper linked or referred to web sites.

Call for Presentations

2nd Global Conference
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Friday 14th March – Sunday 16th March 2014
Prague, Czech Republic

This conference seeks to explore the boundaries of (re)production, not merely as physical birth but more broadly as a gateway which signals origins, indicates a process of continual bodily, sexual, cultural (and even viral) change and transitions, and which speaks of a future and futures possibly unknown.
From iconic images of the incarnation to depictions of monstrous births, the cultural rituals and mythologies of birth and reproduction continue to fascinate us. Bodies that copulate, bodies that reproduce, bodies that replicate, change, decay—or divide—produce anxiety as well as a source of tremendous creativity about the boundaries of who we think we are and what we have it in us to become. Reproduction, like evolution, reminds us that we are ever in flux, that change is inevitable and that we are always ‘on the way’ without the final destination ever being sure. Birth, like death, forces us to acknowledge the limits of our bodies and our ‘selves.’ Additionally, this age of epidemics and viral warfare incites dystopic visions of a future where the effective reproducers are micro-organisms, where humans have been replaced by a replicating other. We seek to explore not only the biological imperative of preserving a species, but also our search for origins, our search for ourselves, our desires, our sexual identities, our gods.
We invite perspectives that explore production and re-production, which wrestle with questions of identity, issues of the body and bodies, and which explore the ever blurring boundaries of the physical, the technological, the sexual and the cultural. We likewise invite reflections on whether the nature of our origins tells us anything about who and what we are; whether it lays the ground for understanding what we will become and how our future will unfold. What is the nature of our transition from birth through life to death? Is the end present in the beginning, and does this complicate our notions of evolutions and transitions as forward progress? What does it mean to be pregnant? To impregnate? What concerns are raised about a woman’s body historically, culturally, politically, her ability to feed, grow and harbour new life, as well as her control over her own reproductive destiny? What about bodies that replicate without sex? Cloning? Hermaphroditic reproduction? What about non-human reproduction, about invasive species, about viral epidemics?
We encourage contributions from inter, multi and transdisciplinary perspectives, from practitioners working in all contexts, professionals, ngo’s and those from the voluntary sector. We will entertain submissions drawn from literature, medicine, politics, social history, film, television, graphic novels and manga, from science to science fiction.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
  • Historical discourses about reproduction
  • The monstrosity of birth: monstrous births
  • Birth in the dystopic narrative
  • Freak(s) – of nature; of technology; accidents of birth
  • Religious discourse of reproduction
  • Gender and biomedicine
  • Queering reproduction
  • Motherhood/fatherhood/parenthood
  • Technologies of and for the body
  • Reproduction and ethical practice
  • Managing reproductive bodies: law, health care and medical practice
  • The “changing” body: rebirth and metamorphosis
  • Invading and possessing bodies
  • Eugenics, social biology and inter-racial generation
  • Genetic engineering and “nightmare” reproductions
  • Science fiction: inter-species reproduction: non-human reproduction
  • Viral reproduction and pandemic
What to send:
300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 1st November 2013. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 17th January 2014. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:
a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.
E-mails should be entitled: BR2 Abstract Submission
Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.
Organising Chair:
Rob Fisherbr2@inter-disciplinary.net
The conference is part of the Probing the Boundaries programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook.  Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s)
Please note: Inter-Disciplinary.Net is a not-for-profit network and we are not in a position to be able to assist with conference travel or subsistence.